Tick-Borne Illness Increase In New York

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Tick-Borne Disease

Tick-borne diseases, such as Lyme disease, have been increasing among New York City residents since 2003.

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Health Department reminded New Yorkers to protect themselves against ticks when they are outdoors this summer. The vast majority of Lyme disease cases in New York City are acquired outside of the five boroughs, in areas where the type of tick that transmits Lyme disease (Ixodes scapularis) is found. There were 307 cases of Lyme disease reported in 2006.

"Lyme disease is rare in New York City, but it's more common among our residents who travel outside of the five boroughs," said Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas R. Frieden. "While the number of tick related illnesses has fluctuated recently, there has been a steady increase over the past few years. This may be due to better disease surveillance and reporting, but there also may be a true rise in tick-related disease. New Yorkers should take precautions such as wearing long sleeves and socks when outdoors and using an insect repellent containing DEET."

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